trolley's Profile

Title Last Reply

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

I think it's ok to be "scared". For cryin' out loud this is a food forum. we're not trying to win a pulitzer here. i've been afraid of certain recipes as you fear that the efforts and bought ingredients will go to waste. go give it a try! look up Roxlets recipe. there' been extensive talk about this in the past.

need a vanilla cake recipe that can turn to chocolate cake easily.

this is a good start

Jun 30, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Estes Park, CO picks please

what are you looking for? the food in Estes Park for the most part is very mediocre. RMNP is priority, then the food comes second kind of like Disneyland.

Jun 30, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

need a vanilla cake recipe that can turn to chocolate cake easily.

my husband got me one of those 5 layer cake pans to make a rainbow cake. but now he wants a cake that has alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla. does anyone have a vanilla cake recipe that can easily be converted into chocolate cake?

Jun 30, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

don't be scared! mine came out wrong the first two tries. but the third was the charm.

Jun 30, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Made my Denver reservations!

Linger for brunch

Jun 14, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

More Denver questions

I really enjoyed the happy hour at work and class. it's busy but good.

May 25, 2015
trolley in Mountain States
1

making a rainbow cake- any tips?

i did it! i do like the chocolate cake suggestion but i'm also into the multi color thing. i used a cake mix and all went well!! next time i need better colors.

making a rainbow cake- any tips?

my husband got me a 5 pan cake pan set and i'm off to make a rainbow cake, my very first. any tips? i just have regular dye for now as i need to order paste from americolor. should i make it from scratch or a mix? can i just butter the pan?

May 16, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Parmigiano-Reggiano always raw?

ok, good to know. i avoid raw milk for the little one but i knew there was something there about the aging process with cheese. we like non-homogenized dairy for milk but I draw the line with raw milk. good! he can keep his reggiano. child prefers it over regular parmesan. thanks.

Parmigiano-Reggiano always raw?

hi,

is Parmigiano-Reggiano always made with raw milk? I swear i thought i saw some that's not made with raw milk. trying to avoid raw milk for the little ones until they're a bit older...

May 15, 2015
trolley in General Topics

Food things to do in Denver?

i would do a brewery tour. there is no chinatown. There is a large Korean population in Aurora but none worthy to boast about. At some point the Hmong population was big here. If you have sometime, come up to Boulder and take a brewery tour. Go to Avery and visit their new location in Gunbarrel. Then there are tons of little microbreweries here as well with tasting rooms. You can also visit the Boulder Farmers Market on Sat am. The hike (or maybe hike before) Mt. Sanitas or another trail not as populated. That's what CO is about. The take 93 back to Denver thru Golden. And I forgot about Potager! Highly recommended!!

May 07, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Downtown Denver?

well, i know of 2 and have gone to 1 on your list. I've been to Uncle and again. Underwhelming. It's popular and they want you in and out quickly. But if you don't have good ramen where you're from then maybe it'll be ok. you see, i'm originally from japan and then settled in LA which is basically the home to amazing ramen outside of japan. so my bias and judgement is set at a high bar. I was just reading a review by Mr. Taster (LA board guy who moved to Portland) and he too is finding asian food in Portland to be "meh" compared to LA. I've never been to the other 3, but friends and family rave about Rioja. We just haven't gotten our act together to get out there...Look for places that source local foods and local craft beers. Those places always seem to produce great food.

May 05, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Downtown Denver?

this board is slower than molasses. sorry disneyfreak. i moved here from the Los Angeles board via the SF board so it was shocking at first. I gave up. Maybe everyone is out busy hiking? I hear Mercantile Dining and Provision is very good. I believe it's in the new and redone Union Station. Also Stoic and Genuine is supposedly fantastic. So this all depends on where you're coming from. I moved here from LA and sushi is not Denver's strong point. But if you're coming from Nebraska... However, anything farm to table is great. Pick up a magazine or go to 5280.com. they have a list of good places in their best of. Noteworthy places: LInger, Root Down, Lower 48, Acorn...

May 04, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting

has anyone tried this? I really dislike the mouth feel of vegan frosting. feels weirdly oily but in a way that can't be washed off kind of oily. i have to make a non-dairy frosting for a cake. i'm tempted. please advise.

Apr 01, 2015
trolley in Recipes

Breckenridge, CO Dinners Family-friendly and affordable

we just had a dinner at Breckenridge Brewery. Affordable and kids menu.

Mar 29, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Colorado food products to seek out?

So much food comes from Colorado. Did not realize this. However, sampling silk soy milk, Horizon milk, Boulder Canyon chips, Rudi's bread, Evol burrito, etc etc in Colorado may not make a difference whether you sample Earth Balance butter here or in Ohio or NY or London. The only place I know of does a special tour of is Celestial Seasonings. But again, that's just tead.

However, I've found amazing trout here. I had a whole trout baked in a wood oven at Basta. Deeelicious!! And if you like craft beers I would go to a beer tasting. They offer so many beers that's not offered in the bottles or in stores. Colorado pork is by far better than what i've had in CA as well.

Rehearsal dinner

The Med? I don't know how active your regional CH is but you may not find your answer here. I've given up on my regional board as it's slow and not very popular. MAybe bc my first board was SF then LA. But if you google "boulder rehearsal dinner" you may have some luck.

Mar 07, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Baby Cakes Vanilla frosting FAIL

well, i finally got the recipe to work by reducing the liquid to 1/3 of a cup. after $30 later of expensive ingredients, the frosting tastes weird. not like the babycakes frosting AT ALL. But apparently, I'm in good company.

http://www.amazon.com/BabyCakes-Glute...

I'm tired of these people putting out cookbooks and the end product tastes nothing like what they offer in their stores. I guess Erin is the one with the last laugh running all the way to the bank.

Feb 14, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Baby Cakes Vanilla frosting FAIL

I did see that but instead of reviving a thread that began in 2009 sometimes it's ok to start a new thread. thanks.

Feb 13, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Baby Cakes Vanilla frosting FAIL

http://www.marthastewart.com/355590/v...

fyi, i made no substitutions. And dear Multifoiled, you too can google the recipe. I've at this for yrs on CH. people here are usually self sufficient.

Feb 13, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

Baby Cakes Vanilla frosting FAIL

So I wanted to make an alternative frosting to go with my cupcakes so my dairy sensitive friends could enjoy as well. I love the baby cakes frosting. I could probably eat it by the bucket. So when I set out to make it, I got a food processor full of liquid. After a few hours in the fridge, it's still just liquid. What did I do wrong? Anyone else experience the same problem?

Feb 13, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

sushi ya go go in Carbondale, CO

Sushi and Japanese food has a long way to go in all of Colorado. Unless you go to Matsuhisas, sushi in Colorado is mediocre at best. Denver is catching up but every restaurant feels the need to serve dynamite sauce on everything. When I was in Aspen, I saw a place that advertised a crunchy PB roll. I may even say it may have been a PB&J roll. No, no, no. Skip sushi and stick to steak.

Feb 05, 2015
trolley in Mountain States

Kid-friendly and nut-free Italian dish that tastes good at room temp?

A caprese salad. you can even make little skewers with tiny toothpicks. Mini grape tomatoes, little balls of fresh mozzarella, sprinkle with fresh basil and olive oil. easy peasy and very kid friendly.

Jan 22, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

why am I so bad a sauteing chicken breast? High elevation issues.

I usually use soy, sesame, mirin and some sugar. i tried with and without marinade. same tough results. i use about 2 tbsp of oil.

Jan 17, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

why am I so bad a sauteing chicken breast? High elevation issues.

I tried braising. again, i got hard pieces of chicken in sauce. I never had this problem at sea level so i'm blaming it on elevation. unless suddenly i forgot how to saute chicken. i'm going to try the baking soda method.

Jan 17, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

why am I so bad a sauteing chicken breast? High elevation issues.

the funny part is i got the baking down. aside from making candy, baking at altitude has been a easy adjustment. also, i'm more of a baker, not so much a cook.

Jan 17, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

why am I so bad a sauteing chicken breast? High elevation issues.

My family likes chicken breast cut up and stir fried. Don't tell me to get thigh (which I prefer) bc they won't eat it. When I lived at sea level none of this was an issue. Now that I'm up in 5400' elevation, I can't seem to get it right. The cut up stir fry meat comes out tough and overcooked. Well, then answer should be easy. Just don't cook it so long. Well, it's not that easy. When I take it off the pan before it's fully cooked, it's raw. I've changed pans to my iron skillet. now it's burnt and raw in the middle. any suggestions?

Jan 17, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

The most tender cut of beef?

it's funny you say this bc this is what led us to this new cut of meat search. he loves japanese beef. he also loves wagyu that he once had a restaurant. i'm japanese and that's how i like my red meat! when we lived in los angeles, i'd just go to the japanese store and buy beef cut like this. now i'm in middle of nowhere (ok, not nowhere but outside of Denver) and there are no Japanese grocery stores. There is one store, but it's very limited. i haven't tried the korean market which there are a few here. i asked the guy at whole foods to cut beef like this and he looked at me like i landed from mars. he had no idea what i was talking about. my knifing skills just aren't up to the standard.

Jan 02, 2015
trolley in General Topics

The most tender cut of beef?

well, tenderloin it is. i'm also trying to find wagyu. i know i sound a bit off my rockers but i'm finding that if I get the best food, he eats. and eats a ton. i think a lot of kids eating issues aside from the basic kids issues is that they get fed bad food.

Jan 02, 2015
trolley in General Topics